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Sony Resets User Passwords Following Irregular Network Activity

A number of times in the news we have seen reports that Sony’s Playstation Network (PSN) security has been compromised and as a result the user names and passwords of many users, along with their personal information has been illegally accessed. Sadly it looks like the same thing may have happened yet again, but it seems that Sony may have shut the door on anything happening this time round.

Following Sony Europe’s move earlier this week to reset a large number of passwords as part of a ‘precautionary measure’, Sony’s America team has followed suit as they pick up activity on their network that doesn’t follow the usual pattern. Thankfully for the small number of users that have been affected, Sony may have got there just in time, but as always we will recommend that you keep your password safe, making sure that it is changed on a regular basis, but most of all – don’t make it easy to guess. Capitals and numbers mixed in will help to keep your account that bit more secure.

In order to keep a number of users from panicking that they cannot reset their password, a spokesperson for Sony stated:  “Note that if you have access to the email address and Date of Birth associated with the account, you will be able to reset it yourself. If you are missing one or both of those, then you will need to contact us for further assistance.”

Kotaku pushed Sony for a statement regarding the activity; Sony replied “We routinely monitor for irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected SEN accounts as a precautionary measure to protect consumers and their account information.”

Whilst Sony may have caught out any potential intruders, it looks like there are still a few creases within their security measures that need to be ironed out to yet again prevent anything like this happening again.

Source: Kotaku.com

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